ERIC Number: EJ1002020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Choosing Charters: Who Leaves Public School as an Alternative Sector Expands?
Cowen, Joshua M.; Winters, Marcus A.
Journal of Education Finance, v38 n3 p210-229 Win 2013
In recent years, the number of charter schools in Florida has doubled. We examine five years of data on students moving into these schools from the traditional public sector. We consider student attributes and the school and district contexts that they are leaving. The better students are performing relative to their peers, the less likely they are to move into a charter. There are higher rates of minority students in the charter sector, and Hispanics appear especially likely to transfer. On the other hand, special-needs students are less likely to be in charters. White students are more likely to enter a charter school with more white students than minority students who are more likely to move into charters with more minority students. These findings suggest that charter schools do not "cream skim" the best students away from the traditional sector, although there is evidence that charters do not provide an educational home for all. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures and 9 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, Public Schools, Transfer Students, Student Characteristics, Minority Group Students, Hispanic American Students, African American Students, Special Needs Students, White Students, English Language Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, Academic Achievement, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida